Monday, May 16, 2016 08:00 AM


Students at City Park School planted a butterfly garden recently  in the school’s courtyard.

“There’s going to be lots of flowers and that will bring butterflies,” said second-grader Dakota Little. “The butterflies come to the flowers to drink the nectar.”

The planting of the garden was the culmination of several weeks of work by second- and fourth-graders at the school, students from Dalton High School’s agriculture program and representatives of Home Depot, which donated the flowers.

“The University of Georgia also donated some wildflower seeds which the students will be planting,” said fourth-grade teacher Casey Woods.

Dalton High School students under the direction of agriculture teacher C.J. Little came to City Park after school and on weekends to prepare the courtyard, doing the harder work, while the younger students pulled up weeds and cleared debris to get it ready for planting.

“The kids are so excited,” said second-grade teacher Rebekah Rogers. “It has been pretty hard work, but they’ve really been eager to come out here and take part in this. A lot of them live in apartments and have never done anything like this before.”

Annelise Buerkle was one of several second-graders who dug holes in the garden beds with trowels and small spades while ...

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